Southern Delivery System update

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

While 118 agreements have been reached in Pueblo West, 15 property owners are holding out, saying the offers made for easements across their land are too low. Colorado Springs City Council last week told Utilities officials to try to reach a compromise with Pueblo West landowners who are not happy with what they’ve been offered so far. “We have written each of the property owners asking them to provide a proposal for counteroffers and information to substantiate the compensation,” said Dan Higgins, SDS construction delivery manager. “We will carefully consider that information once we receive it. New offers will be considered if the property owners can provide information or documentation that would support additional compensation.”

More coverage from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article:

“They did send a proposal that was laughable, even if we did want to sell,” Walker said. “We’re sitting in limbo, not knowing what they’re going to do. If they cut through the middle of the ranch, I’ll have to move all the cattle over to Turkey Creek.”

Southern Delivery System would follow a route through about 7 miles of Walker Family Ranches, located north of Pueblo West, and west of Interstate 25. “We have had ongoing discussions with Mr. Walker and his attorney,” said Dan Higgins, SDS construction delivery manager for Colorado Springs Utilities.

Walker and his wife Georgia also own the Turkey Creek Ranch to the west. Between the two ranches, there should be about 2,000 mother cows, but he is holding the size to half of that. “It takes years to put together a herd of quality black Angus cattle,” Walker said.

More Southern Delivery System coverage here and here.

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